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The Naked Tyrant

Geraldine Quinn The Passion of Saint Nicholas

The Naked Tyrant

Geraldine Quinn The Passion of Saint Nicholas

Nominee 2022 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award - Most Outstanding Show

Nominee 2022 Melbourne International Comedy Festival - Golden Gibbo Award

Winner 2022 Green Room Awards - Best Cabaret Production

Winner 2022 Green Room Awards - Best Cabaret Artiste

Winner 2022 Green Room Awards - Best Musical Direction

Winner 2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival - Golden Gibbo

Nominee 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival - Golden Gibbo

“If these young people stick together, they could really make a go of an arts career”.

Thus spoke a long-forgotten judge of the epoch-making 1991 St John’s Regional College, Dandenong Talent Quest, when Geraldine and her brother Nicholas took first place. All through high school, Gerry and Nick shared a passion for music – two competitive siblings with one teenage dream of playing stadiums all around the world! That 1991 trophy was the validation of their hopes! The beginning of two glittering careers...

Then he got a “normal job”, and she went into musical comedy – could things get any worse? Hell yeah!

After putting on extra performances and playing to sold out crowds with a blistering come-back show BROAD in 2022, Geraldine Quinn (Spicks and Specks, The Weekly, Upper Middle Bogan and that superannuation ad on the escalator) returns to Malthouse Theatre with her most personal show to date.

Growing up in a ridiculously large family in Wagga Wagga, then moving to the outskirts of Melbourne, siblings Gerry and Nick were particularly close. He picked out her first guitar, he played on her first starry-eyed four-track demo and he tried (in vain) to get her to learn basic music theory. She still sucks at it – ask her band! Yet in spite of her dodgy guitar tabs, Geraldine stumbled into some semblance of a performance career, while Nick did the 9-to-5 family thing. So what happens when the big plans you shared as kids get stretched in two different directions?

The Passion of Saint Nicholas is a rock cabaret about following your heart, the friction of divergent paths and keeping the band together when you lose your biggest cheerleader.

'The sort of electric thunderclap that inspires audience members to hoot out loud and bump the air with their fists in empowered solidarity, it lays down the gauntlet for the moment to beat.' ★★★★★ Time Out 

'Her uncanny knack for handling everything from torch songs to musical comedy is both impressive and jaw-dropping.' ★★★★★ Theatre People

'After seeing BROAD I have decided that Geraldine Quinn is my queen of cabaret. She’s hilarious, musically gifted more than words can express, and is someone I want to be my fairy godmother so bad.' ★★★★★ Lilithia Reviews

'GQ cuts an audacious, commanding presence. And with every powerhouse song, supercharged by the fire within, she reminds the audience of all she has to offer.' ★★★★ Chortle (UK)

Mervyn Stutter's Pick of the Fringe. ★★★★ 2022 Edinburgh Fringe

Supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants.

Suitable for audiences 15+

This show contains: Death and grief, Occasional coarse language.


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